5 for Friday (July 9, 2021)


Where should a new investor start? How can giving help us stop being self-centered? And how can you enjoy your summer on a budget.


These questions and more are answered in this week's 5 for Friday.


1. Manage Relationships, Not Just Workers by Russell Gehrlein. Managers overseeing teams of just a few people have in their care several, individual personal relationships. In leading a team, not only is each individual important, but so is each relationship that individual has with each person on the team. A shepherd-leader knows that these relationships—not just the people—must be tended to as well.

2. How to Invest in Stocks for Beginners by Paulina Likos and Ellen Chang. Are you interested in investing in stocks for the first time? This entry level article provides introductory information for the beginner regarding platforms to begin investing, how much and strategically how to invest, as well as what kind of investment advising one should seek out.

3. Giving Helps Us Take Our Eyes off Ourselves by Randy Alcorn. The temptation with blessings in our lives is to think highly of ourselves as if those blessing were in fact earned by our own effort. This pride in our hearts neglects the reality of God’s provision. Being generous helps us to keep our eyes on something bigger than us, and to value others more than ourselves.

4. 5 Ways to Enjoy Summer on a Budget by Jessi Fearon. Family activities can be expensive—but they don’t have to break the budget this summer. Jessi Fearon provides both resources and tips for making memories with smart financial decisions. Go bowling, makes activity lists, and pack your lunch!

5. 9 Ways a Church Can Hospitably Host a Guest Speaker by Darren Carlson. If your church hosts a guest speaker, how can you best create a hospitable atmosphere? Darren Carlson offers nine ways to care for someone using their gifts for the benefit of your church. Among these are establishing a host for the guest, communicating about his or her background and expectations, and considering the speaker’s family.